PEOPLE are invited to join Staffordshire libraries for this year’s Staffordshire Day celebrations on Tuesday 1 May.
Author visits, quiz nights, local heroes competition, guided tours and arts and crafts activities are some of the library events already lined up for this year’s celebrations.
Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Chief said: “Our first two Staffordshire Days were a huge success and this year we hope to make the day even bigger and better. We really want to get everyone involved this time round including school children and that’s why our libraries are joining in with some fantastic activities.
“Not only is Staffordshire Day a great way of promoting our wonderful county but through the activities, you’ll get to learn about lots of the famous Staffordshire people who have contributed to the world too. Make sure the date is in your diary, 1 May, and try to visit your local library or take part in some of the many events running over the week.”
In Tamworth library, there will be a quiz night on 1 May which will include a round on Tamworth’s local heroes. (Contact the library for further details)
Lichfield library will be celebrating local business heroes with a Spring Fayre on Saturday 28 April from 10am to 2pm. Also a local heroes tour with a local tour guide on the same day at 11am on Lichfield’s other heroes : Hector Beane of the Conduit Lands Trust; Revd James Thomas Law; Anna Seward; John ‘Dumb’ Dyott; Sir Richard Cooper; Lord Charnwood; Robert Bridgeman and Dean Bickersteth.
Burton library are inviting people to nominate their own local community hero to celebrate Staffordshire Day. The winning Local Hero will be announced on the week starting 28 April. The library will also be putting on a Staffordshire Day themed poetry workshop (details to be confirmed).
At Cannock Library there will be a Spring Fair on Saturday 28 April from 11am to 2pm. Local Staffordshire Artist Mark Lippett will also be appearing and running a workshop at the library from 10am to 1pm. (Contact the library for further details)
Burntwood Library will be hosting a Staffordshire Day Fun Day with Craft activities and the Lego Club on Saturday 28 April from 11am to 3pm.
At Stafford library on 1 May is the launch of an exhibition of art created by Limewood residents – a specialist dementia care centre in the town. And, in Stone library, local author, Steve Dyster , author of The Navigator will be making a special appearance.
Codsall Library will be running a Poetry ‘taster’ evening on 1 May to celebrate Staffordshire Day. The coffee evening will be exploring the Staffordshire Poetry Collection and will take place between 6pm and 8pm. (Contact the library for further details)
Perton Library will be celebrating Lord Wrottesley as their Local Hero with a range of activities and a display on 1 May from 11am to 4pm. There will also be a FREE talk and Q&A with local astronomer Doug Bickley – 12:30pm (No need to book, just drop-in)
Newcastle, Clayton and Kidsgrove libraries will be organising craft activities on a circus theme to support the Philip Astley project and circus 250. The events will take place on Staffordshire Day itself between 4pm and 5pm. £1.00 tickets. Local poet Amy Rainbow will also be running an adult poetry workshop in the library and a local school will be invited in for a children’s workshop on the theme of the circus.
Biddulph, Blythe Bridge, Cheadle, Leek, Uttoxeter and Werrington libraries will have Local hero displays beginning in mid-April. The idea of these is that there will be space for library users to add their own local hero. Local Hero children’s crafts activities will also take place in Leek Library – 28 April 10.45am – 12pm 50p; Biddulph Library – 2 May 3.30pm – 4.30pm; Cheadle Library – 2 May 3.30pm – 4.30pm; Uttoxeter Library – 1 May 3.45pm – 4.45pm.
For further details on Staffordshire Day events taking place in your area visit:www.enjoystaffordshire.gov.uk/staffordshireday